Duterte tells European Union to mind own business

“As developing countries with similar historic experiences and facing the same challenges we can use the synergies of interests as basis for strengthened cooperation,“ said Duterte during his departure Sunday from the Davao International Airport at

"These official visits form the final leg of my introductory trips to my colleagues and friends in Asean [Association of Southeast Asian Nations]", Duterte said in his predeparture speech at the Davao International Airport.

President Duterte handed over yesterday to Myanmar the Philippines' $300,000 contribution to humanitarian efforts to Rakhine State where a team of United Nations special rapporteurs expressed concerns on extrajudicial killings, gang rapes and possible ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the region. Many would say her manner is aristocratic - imperious and uncompromising.

At a forum in January a year ago Duterte said he would push for same-sex marriage legislation. His visit was aimed at increasing bilateral cooperation, particularly in the area of trade and investment. "That is why they worry about the human rights even if it is not a citizen of their country and dito [here, in the case of the Philippines], what is very sad is they believe in the propaganda", Duterte said.

"So when we heard he was coming, we didn't know how to react because we thought he had no chance to stop by Myanmar", he said.

Duterte also spoke with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the Call Room of the Presidential Palace.

"If that is part of my destiny, it is my destiny to go", Duterte told reporters shortly before leaving for Myanmar.

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Diplomatic relations between the two countries were formally established on June 14, 1949.

Duterte is singing quite a different tune from just a year ago when he was on the campaign trail.

Mr. Duterte will visit Thailand today as the Philippines prepares for its chairmanship of this year's ASEAN summit.

Thai officials are unlikely to raise the issue with the Philippine guest, but the Duterte drug wars have often been compared with a similar, but shorter campaign by ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

On Wednesday, Duterte will hold a roundtable discussion with business executives and meet the Filipino community in Bangkok.

In both Myanmar and Thailand, Duterte said, he welcomed the important opportunity of meeting "our kababayan who have been key partners in our program for positive change and reform in our government". I'm trying to protect my country. "I am okay with President Trump and I can assure him also of our friendship and cooperation", he said.

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